MORGAN PARK — A 15-year-old boy was charged with first-degree murder Thursday, with police saying he was involved in an attempted carjacking that left a retired firefighter dead earlier this month.
The boy, whose name has not been released since he is a minor, is facing charges for first-degree murder and attempted robbery in the case, which happened Dec. 3 in Morgan Park.
Detectives are also interviewing an adult believed to be involved in the case. Police are looking for two other adults they think were involved in the fatal carjacking, Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said at a Thursday news conference.
The victim, 65-year-old Dwain Williams, was stopping at a local popcorn shop when he was attacked.
Williams was leaving Let’s Get Poppin’, 11758 S. Western Ave., and walking back to his car when four people got out of a car and confronted him. Williams was shot in his stomach during an exchange of gunfire, police said.
A stolen Ford Fusion was used in the crime and police think those responsible were part of a carjacking ring, Deenihan said. The ring is known to south suburban police, who assisted in the investigation, Deenihan said.
“I can’t explain enough how much the south suburban departments and the FBI” were of assistance to Chicago Police, Deenihan said.
Lightfoot, speaking at the press conference, said she was invited to speak at Williams’ funeral Saturday and was moved by his family’s descriptions of him.
“It was quite a testament to the man that he was. Words from his family, of course; his wife, Karen, who was just remarkable in giving a eulogy to her deceased husband; the four daughters; grandchildren; and others who really talked about the kind of man that Dwain Williams was and how he touched so many lives,” Lightfoot said.
Carjackings have surged across the city this year, more than doubling since 2019. Supt. David Brown said police have arrested 136 “carjackers” so far.
Williams joined the Fire Department in 1992, officials previously said. His last assignment before retiring was at the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications. He lived in Longwood Manor.
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